Die Mercurii, 21 Martii, 1648.
THIS House, according to former Order, this Day
took up the Debate upon the Report from the
Committee touching Delinquents: And, upon some further Resolutions of that Committee, reported by Sir
Resolved, &c. That all such Delinquents as have been
Members of either House of Parliament; and all Judges,
Officers towards the Law Common or Civil; and all Serjeants, Counsellors and Attornies, Doctors, Advocates,
Proctors, of the Law Common or Civil; and all Bishops,
Clergymen, Masters and Fellows of any College or Hall
in either of the Universities, or elsewhere; and all Masters
of Schools or Hospitals; as also Humphry Bennet
Esquire, Sir Edward Ford, Sir George Vaughan, and all
other the Persons named in the Fourth Qualification of
the Propositions sent to Hampton Court, to pay One Third,
(except such of the said Persons as were included in any
Articles, whereof they have the Benefit, or otherwise have
compounded, and their Compositions allowed by this
House) shall pay one full Third Part of the true Value of
Resolved, &c. That all other Persons Delinquents, not
included in any the former Qualifications, shall pay one
full Sixth Part of the true Value of their Estates.
Resolved, &c. That if any Person, not yet sequestred,
conceives or doubts himself to be liable to Sequestration,
for any thing said or done in relation to the War, and
was not publickly and personally engaged in the latter
War, shall come in, and discover his Case to the Commissioners for Compositions, before the First Day of July
1649 (being not before such Discovery judicially impeached and discovered for the same by any other); then
such Person, if his Case, so discovered, shall be adjudged
liable to Sequestration, shall be admitted to compound, and
discharged of his Delinquency, paying one Year's Value
for Land, and a Twentieth Part for his personal Estate:
But in Case any such Delinquent be first judicially impeached, and discovered, by another, or shall not be discovered by himself before the said First Day of July 1649;
then he shall not be admitted to compound at any lower
Rate than is appointed for the Qualification under which
Resolved, &c. That no promissory Oath shall be imposed upon Compounders, as a Condition without which
they may not compound.
Resolved, &c. That all Persons who have formerly
compounded, and have concealed or undervalued any
Part of their Estates, and shall themselves discover it before the First Day of June next, shall be admitted to compound for the same, at the Rates now set down for
Compositions, according to their respective Qualifications:
But if any such Concealment or Undervalue shall be hereafter discovered by any other Person, before the Delinquent
himself discover the same, and shall not be compounded
for within the Times herein before limited, according to
the Rate heretofore imposed, by Order of Parliament,
upon such Discoveries; that then such Estate, which is concealed, or so much as appears to be above the Value compounded for, shall be forfeited to the Commonwealth.
Resolved, &c. That all such Persons as have been engaged in the latter War, and not in any former Engagement against the Parliament, shall pay one full Sixth Part
of the true Value of their Estates; except such as are included in any particular Qualification before-mentioned,
who are to pay according to the several Rates in those
Resolved, &c. That all such Persons as have been engaged in the latter War against the Parliament, and have
formerly compounded, and have not paid their whole
Fines, shall make good the Remainder of their Fines, according to their Agreement.
Resolved, &c. That all such Persons as have been engaged in the latter War against the Parliament, and have
formerly compounded, shall pay one full Sixth Part of
their Estates, over and above their former Fines.
Resolved, &c. That all such Delinquents as shall perfect their Compositions, by the respective Days herein
before limited, (whose Sequestrations have continued upon
their Estates to this Day) shall be exempted from paying
any Fifth, or Twentieth Part.
Resolved, &c. That the Clause in the said Report,
touching the Act of Oblivion to Delinquents, be recommitted.
Ordered, That the next Clause, touching Actions to be
brought against Delinquents, be also re-committed.
Ordered, That the Clause touching protecting and securing Delinquents, in like manner be also re-committed.
Ordered, That the next Clause, touching Power to be
given to the Committee of Complaints, for Relief of Delinquents, be also re-committed.
Sir Arthur Heslerigg reports from the same Committee, That all Deeds be proved, and Sequestrations taken
off, only in the Exchequer:
That all Estates possessed by Delinquents in 1641, not
to be taken off but by Law; and all that come not in by
Times limited, to have their whole Estates sequestred,
whatever possessed of in 1641, or fallen to them since.
That, in the Act of Oblivion, Security be given to be
Ordered, That it be re-committed to the same Committee, to take into Consideration these Particulars: With
Power to consider of, and to prepare some Instructions and
Rules to be observed therein; and the easiest way, How
the same may be effected, in respect of Charge and
Trouble; and to present an Act to the House for that
Ordered, That the humble Petition of the domestick
Servants to the late King, and his Children; and the Letter from the General, touching the same; be referred to
the Committee of the Revenue; to take the same into
Consideration; and report their Opinions therein to the
Ordered, That the Clause touching Papists Compositions be re-committed, upon the Debate thereupon had in
this House, to the same Committee, to be brought in on
Friday Morning, with the rest; and to take Consideration, What is fit to be done touching discharging all those
that are not worth Two hundred Pounds; and report.
Ordered, That the Information, given to the House
this Day, touching the Abuse in buying up the Coals in
the Ships newly come in * * * * be referred to the
Council of State; to examine the Truth thereof: and,
upon Consideration had thereof, to take such effectual
Course for punishing the Offenders, and preventing the
Mischiefs that may ensue thereupon, and give such further Order therein, as in their Wisdom they shall think
The humble Petition of divers the Well-affected in
Staffordsheire was this Day read.
The Question being propounded, That Colonel Thomas
Leveson be added to, and included within, the Vote
touching the Persons to be banished, and their Estates
And the Question being put, That that Question be
It passed with the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put;
It was Resolved, &c. That Colonel Thomas Levison be
added to, and included within, the Vote touching Persons that are to be banished, and their Estates confiscate.
A Letter from the Lord Chief Baron Wylde, from Excester, Friday the Sixteenth of March 1648, was this Day
Ordered, That the said Letter be referred to the Council of State.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Myldmay have Leave to go
into the Country for Seven Days.
Ordered, That Sir Arthur Heslerigg do make Report
from the Committee of the Navy, on Friday next.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy be impowered to treat with any Person or Persons, touching
the Farming or improving the Customs; and to present
their Opinions thereupon to this House.
Ordered, That the additional Ordinance for the Poor
be read on Friday Morning.
Sir Henry Vane junior reports from the Committee of
the Navy, a List of such as are recommended to be restored to their Employment again.
William Parker, Boatswain of the Prince.
Hen. Cowdell, Boatswain of the Merehonour.
Ralph Bayly, Gunner of the Merehonour.
James Marsh, Carpenter of the Merehonour.
Mich. Ridgway, Gunner of the Henrietta Maria.
John Waterman, Carpenter of the Hen. Maria.
Matthew Collyns, Cook of the Charles.
George Hennis, Boatswain of the Victory.
Roger Davis, Cook of the Victory.
John Blundell, Purser of the Vauntguard.
John Countrey, Boatswain of the Vauntguard.
Robert Warwick, Carpenter of the Vauntguard.
Samuel Troughton, Purser of the Rainbow.
John Spencer, Gunner of the Rainbow.
Edward Goodwyn, Carpenter of the Rainbow.
Thomas Severne, Boatswain of the St. Andrew.
Robert Staggs, Carpenter of the St. Andrew.
William Harbert, Purser
||of the James.
Robert Hills, Carpenter
The Persons above named, being recommended by the
Committee of Merchants to the Committee of the Navy,
to be again employed, notwithstanding their Subscription
to the Petitions; and the Committee of the Navy having
thought fit to leave it to the Generals of the Fleet to employ the said Persons for this present Expedition, if they
received Satisfaction in their Fidelity to the State;
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the
Committee of the Navy herein.
Resolved, &c. That these Votes, passed on Monday last,
viz. "That the House doth concur with the Council of
State, That the Committee of Merchants for regulating
the Navy be desired and ordered from henceforth to leave
the Management of the Navy to the Committee of the
Navy, as formerly; and to pursue the Regulating of the
Customs; and that the Commissioners that command as
Admirals of the Fleet, have Power to employ such Ship
Carpenters, Artificers, and other Workmen, as they shall
think fit, for the Furtherance of the Service of those that
have signed the Petition;" be, and are hereby, revoked
Ordered, That, Half an Hour hence, the Bill touching
the Assessments be read twice.
An Act for raising Ninety thousand Pounds a Month
for the Pay for the Forces in England and Ireland was
this Day read the First and Second time.
The Question being propounded, That the Proportions
formerly set on each County, shall continue for the whole
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
Sir John Bourchier,
||Tellers for the Yeas:
||With the Yeas,
Sir William Masham,
||Tellers for the Noes:
|Mr. John Goodwyn,
||With the Noes,
So the Question passed with the Negative.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Grand Committee of
the House, on Friday Morning next: And that the House
be then resolved into a Grand Committee, to that Purpose.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Army, to consider of the particular Proportions and Rates,
to be laid equally on all the Counties; and to report the
same on Friday Morning, the first Business; And all that
come to the Committee, as to this Purpose, have Voices:
And they are to meet To-morrow at Eight of the Clock:
And every Member is to present the Names of Commissioners for the several Counties.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of plundered Ministers, to consider of a Book, intituled, "The
Paper called the Agreement of the People, called into
Consideration, &c. by the Ministers of the Province of
Lancaster," to examine the Business; and to send for the
Printer, and such other Persons, Papers, Writings, &c.
as they shall think fit; and to report it to the House.
Preventing Printing the Alcoran.
The House being informed by Mr. Speaker, That the
Serjeant at Arms did apprehend the Printer of the Turkish
Alcoran, licensed by Dr. Downeham; and hath seized the
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State,
further to examine the Matter; and to discharge the Prisoner, or continue him in Prison, as they shall find Cause;
and to take what further Order they shall think fit for the
Suppressing of the Books, and further Imprinting of them.
Ordered, That the Business touching Jersey be taken
into Consideration on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Act for the Poor be read on Friday
Ordered, That the Wiredrawers Petition be read on
Monday Morning next.